Immediately after the Lost finale last night, I posted my initial thoughts. Now it’s time to go over the episode in more detail. Before we get started, I’d like to state that THEY WEREN’T DEAD THE WHOLE SIX YEARS. The Island wasn’t some kind of limbo. Jack died last night and many others (Hurley, Ben, Kate, Sawyer, etc.) got to live out their lives and died later on; years later; off camera (or maybe not, more on that later). The flash-sideways was an afterlife waiting room they all created so they could meet up and have a final group hug before going onto their respective fates.
For the majority of season 6, I found the afterworld to be more interesting than the Jacob/MIB drama on the Island. I got a lot of flack for that from some friends, but even after the reveal that it is a pseudo-afterlife, I don’t feel cheated at all. I thought it was brilliant. It explained why we didn’t see certain characters like Richard in the flashes. It makes sense that Richard would want to spend his afterlife with Isabella and why Ben would be afraid to enter the church and meet his fate. Although, Ben could have just been waiting outside for the people he really loved – Alex and Roussea.
There were a lot of meaningless deadends on the Island this season. Like the Temple and how the names on the cave wall basically meant nothing, since anyone could step up to bat and volunteer for the protector gig. Too much time was spent on running from one end of the Island to the next. And if one more person on the Island said “Just trust me,” I would have gone blind with rage. But the flashes always kept me engaged.
Now, the ending. It turns out that the Island is simply that, but sitting on some kind of electromagnetic geyser that needs to be corked. I’m okay with that. It brought these characters together, and these characters were explicitly given the spotlight last night. Mythology was swept aside in the end, and you can’t help but admire the enormous balls of Carlton and Cuse for playing it out that way. There’s no point in creating a laundry list of unanswered questions – we all have our gripes over what was left a mystery. The show has always been about these characters, their interactions, their flaws, and their search for some kind of meaning. In the end, that meaning turned out to be each other. I posted it last night, but again I feel like this quote from Christian hits it on the head and also reads well as the show’s thesis:
“This is the place you all made together so you could find one another. The most important part of your life was the time you spent with these people. That’s why you’re all here. Nobody does it alone, Jack. You needed all of them, and they needed you … to let go.”
For all the see-saw love and hating I did on this show during its final season, Jack’s death had me shaking. I don’t think I’ve been that shook since they killed off Chewbacca in Vector Prime. Dying in the same spot this whole epic began was an obvious bookend, but a touching one nonetheless.
Jorge Garcia delivered so so hard last night. I was keeping it together emotionally up until he told Jack that “he couldn’t do it,” referring to him becoming the next protector. Yeah, that broke me.
Crook texted me during the show to see if I picked up on the lesbian vibe going down between Claire and Kate. Kate asks Claire to let her help raise Aaron, then when they held hands on the plane I was screaming at the TV, “Kiss!” it would have been the ballsiest play in TV history!
While the credits rolled, shots of plane debris on the beach were shown. So it’s possible to speculate that Frank wasn’t successful in flying everyone to safety. Was this one last gift of mysterious from Carlton and Cuse? In my head it’s just a final nod to season 1.
What about you guys? Are you not entertained?- Patrick Cooper